Stelis donaxopetala Luer 2009 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Donax Like Petal Stelis [A genus of mollusks]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Loja Ecuador at elevations around 3000 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, strict, loose, to 5.2" [13 cm] long including the 2" [5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a sheath from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 drawing fide

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